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    Apr 2009
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    sda1 corrupted and unmountable

    After a restart yesterday, my computer doesn't boot correctly...
    After GRUB, it prints
    mount: mounting /dev on /root/dev failed: No such file or directory
    mount: mounting /sys on /root/sys failed: No such file or directory
    mount: mounting /proc on /root/proc failed: No such file or directory
    Target Filesystem doesn't have /sbin/init.
    No init found. Try passing init=bootarg.
    BusyBox v1.10.2 (Ubuntu 1:1.10.2-2ubuntu7) built-in shell (ash)
    Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.
    and falls to the busybox prompt...

    I booted a 10.10 live cd.

    Here is the output of fdisk -l for /dev/sda
    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000e45d1
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1               1        8924    71681998+  83  Linux
    /dev/sda2            8925        9179     2048287+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda3   *        9180       46149   296961525    7  HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda4           46150       60801   117692190    7  HPFS/NTFS
    sda1 is the root filesystem (Ubuntu 10.04)
    sda2 is the swap
    sda3 is a Win7 NTFS partition
    sda4 is an NTFS partition with media files.
    I can normally access sda2-4.

    The problem is when i try
    sudo e2fsck /dev/sda1
    with any switch it prints:
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo e2fsck /dev/sda1
    e2fsck 1.41.12 (17-May-2010)
    e2fsck: Device or resource busy while trying to open /dev/sda1
    Filesystem mounted or opened exclusively by another program?
    When i try to mount the disk, the console just hangs.(it doesn't become unresponsive, the cursor just goes to the next line and doesn't do anything else) I tried leaving it for about 15 minutes in case it was checking the disk but nothing happened.

    I don't care about restoring the system (i was gonna reformat anyway), all I want is access the data so i can backup (mainly my firefox profile).
    Last edited by TRouBLe32; October 20th, 2010 at 09:44 PM.

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